Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is to serve 28 years in prison for killing a businessman in a hit-and-run after a fight in Los Angeles.
The co-founder of the influential Death Row Records pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge in a plea agreement with prosecutors ahead of his approaching murder trial.
Knight and Cle “Bone” Sloan, a consultant on the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, were involved in a fistfight outside a Compton burger stall that ended with Knight clipping Mr Sloan with his pickup truck.
He then ran over businessman Terry Carter, who died from his injuries, before speeding away from the scene.
Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run following the January 2015 altercation.
His lawyers argued he was acting in self-defence.
Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, Knight appeared at Los Angeles Superior Court to enter a plea.
The former record producer will be formally sentenced 4 October, when he will be given a 28-year jail term under the agreement with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He had faced life in prison if convicted of murder
As part of the plea deal, the murder charge against Knight will be dismissed along with separate charges of robbery and making criminal threats.